By Khoudia Diagne

I am so happy to have chosen CCS for my journey in life. I never felt as connected to people as I have during this voyage. I have always had friends but never felt in my adolescence like people could understand both where I am from and where I want to go. Now I feel like I have real American friends who can now understand where I come from and Senegalese friends who have seen my American life and CCS people.

It is so good to have brought people to my country to understand the good and the bad about Senegal. The things that are so very different – the markets, the outdoor basketball courts, the dust, so many things. I have felt so good experiencing these places with my friends.

I felt good and comfortable eventually after my first few weeks at CCS but now I feel I am really part of the family. We have literally lived together nonstop and it has helped me really feel the similarities.

Senegal and the US are similar in various ways too, ways that I have learned to find comfort in. I saw CCS in the way people played together in Kekouta’s village, in the competitiveness of my SEED teammates (so much like Martina), and in the way our dorms are like the ones at SEED. I felt pride in Senegal through some of these similarities.

I am so proud to be Senegalese. I am so proud to have introduced my friends to my family, my coach, my SEED friends, so much. I am proud to see how much the program has grown. To show the value of the programs I attended. I am also proud of the work my family has done to change my own opportunities.

I hope that this is only the beginning of my role in connecting Christchurch with Senegal. There is so much to learn and share.

5 responses to “Thinking about life – America vs. Senegal”

  1. jbyersccs Avatar

    What an uplifting and hopeful message. Now you are a world ambassador and obviously a lifelong learner, Khoudia. Thank you for taking time to share your pride, engagement, and new sense of family!

  2. Lynn Green Penati Avatar
    Lynn Green Penati

    An exceptional opportunity to share your two worlds with each other. What a gift Khoudia! Thank you for sharing it with your fellow CCS classmates!

  3. Elsie Delva Avatar
    Elsie Delva

    Khoudia and that smile!!! Thank you so very much for sharing so much of your loving self with both of your homes (CCS and Senegal)! We are soo very blessed to know you!

  4. haley Avatar

    Khoudia – I had a long comment drafted in response to your reflection. But, when I logged on to post it, I saw the cover photo of you holding Sadio. And that photo says so much that it took all my other words away. Thank you for taking us on this journey with you. We can’t wait to have you back.

  5. D Cola Avatar
    D Cola

    HI Khoudia,
    It is great to hear that you are feeling comfortable and proud. Your kindness, strength and smile light up the world around you. We are really lucky to have you in the CCS community!!

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